A Party Fit for a Lady(bug)

Since her brother was having a bug party, Riley insisted she wanted a bug party too. I finally talked her into a LADYBUG party, knowing that I could do a lot with the red and black polka dots, throwing a couple of ladybugs in for good measure. This is probably my favorite party I’ve done to date.

I started with the invitation (created in Photoshop):

Probably my favorite invitation design to date. Or is it just that I finally got to do something girly? I don’t know, but I love it!!

I decided I didn’t really want to play up the “ladybug” thing, but more the color scheme. Here’s how I did it:

Lots of red flowers, mason jars and burlap for that rustic look, polka dot ribbon and a few ladybugs set the mood on the tables outside.

Of course no party is complete without a few balloons.

I made the banner in photoshop, using digital paper I purchased on Etsy. The red theme was a great excuse to break out the Christmas plates I bought last year! the red oval bucket was a lucky find in the Target dollar section.

I decided this party was going to just be cake and ice cream, but couldn’t helping have a few other selections as well.

For the food table centerpiece, I used a galvanized tub, filled it with old ball jars burlap and flowers. Then wrapped some burlap casually around the base and of course added a few ladybugs.

The black, white and red theme was carried on with even the food:

A fruit plate with apples, strawberries and blackberries, with vanilla yogurt for dipping, and white chocolate popcorn (recipe to come later this week).

Sweet treats included chocolate covered marshmallows (on the left: red candy melts with black gel icing dots; on the right: dark chocolate with red sprinkles); and regular and dark chocolate covered licorice.

I was inspired by the Halloween chips I found at the grocery store, so I separated the black and orange and had black tortilla chips and salsa!

See those little crackers? Cutest. Snack. Ever. And delicious too. Even the kids gobbled them up and were looking for more!

For the recipe, click here.

I made devil’s food cupcakes and decorated them with white icing, red sugar sprinkles and black gel dots.

They were so yummy!

For party favors, I put some little bug nets, magnifying glasses, and ladybug chocolates (paying homage to my German Grandma!). Here’s the bags, but I guess I didn’t get a photo of the favors!

So that was our party! This being the third party in just 10 weeks (see here and here for the others), I wanted something super casual and fun, so we just had a bounce house and let the kids play while the adults chatted. Everyone had a great time!

And Miss Riley loved being the star of the show!!!

Be sure to check out my other kids’ parties:

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Kristin

Kristin

Owner at Yellow Bliss Road
Hi! I'm Kristin and I'm the creative mind behind Yellow Bliss Road, where you'll find tons of recipes, free printables, and a little decor and DIY thrown in for good measure. Life can be complicated, so I am all about simplifying wherever I can - from food to decor to DIY - because I believe that it doesn't have to be elaborate or extravagant to be amazing. I am a single adoptive mom with a daughter in Preschool and a son in Kindergarten. My kids are a handful, I'm exhausted and most days my house is a mess - and I'm okay with that!
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Comments

  1. says

    Little Riley is just too cute! And her party and all you did is so cute. Your kids are lucky to have such a great Mom as you!

    Take care, Sue

  2. says

    This is one of the cutest parties I have ever seen!! But it is all doable, which I love! I have to share your post with my friend that has four girls. Riley is so beautiful!! I hope she remembers her gorgeous party when she’s older. :)

  3. says

    Ahhh – I’m so glad I saw this! I’m doing a ladybug party for my daughter on the 23rd and I’ve been working on getting stuff ready.
    I’ve posted two things that are done so far. I have those Ritz snacks pinned on Pinterest – I’m so glad to hear you made them and liked them, ’cause they’re on my list of things to do.
    Everything looks so cute. I LOVE the bouquets. I’m gonna be pinnin’ away here. :o)

  4. says

    What an adorable party! I love all the decorations. I had a ladybug party for my daughter several years ago, but it wasn’t near as cute as this! Stopping in from Inspiration Friday. :)

  5. says

    Love, love, love this party! Even though my girls are now teens, I’m going to have to figure out a way to do this darling theme! I recently found you through a cute printable on Tip Junkie and love all that you do. I have had so much fun exploring your blog these past days. You have a darling family! Sounds like you’ve had a rough year-just wanted you to know that i’m praying for you. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us! I am loving all three of your Fall printables that I have around my house, and am about to print the Christmas tree verse-love it! Thanks again! ~Lisa

  6. says

    I love all your pictures looks like a wonderful party :) Im doing a lady bug party for my daughter next month. Where did you find the cute lady bug decorations on the table? I dont want to do to much over the top lady bugs and that is perfect with the flowers and lady bugs

  7. says

    Oh my gosh. Browsing through these pics and reading about how you created each aspect of this party was such a treat! I love the mason jars with polkadot ribbon and red flowers and the food is so cute it doubles as eats and decor! LOVE IT ALL!!!

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